Anyone believe in lucky numbers? Mine is 11, and for my 11th match of the season we lined up at Carrow Road for the second time in less than a month. Some people reading may remember I attended that game and despite the 3-0 defeat, I thought we played very well given the fact we had barely any players on that night. Now though we have made a few more additions, and Norwich had played a very important league game just 2 days previous against fierce rivals Ipswich, meaning they'd be resting a number of players. All of these factors meant that pre-match I had some hope that we would be able to cause an upset and potentially make it through to the third round.
Coventry City Starting XI:
Coventry City Substitutes:
I've said it before, I'll say it again, the fact that that is our best squad is an absolute embarrassment to the club. Obviously you can't blame the players themselves, Mowbray is partly to blame for leaving it so late but everyone knows the main cause of our situation. SISU. Until they go we are going to be on a downward spiral which I can't see ending any time soon. But anyway, on to the game.
From the off it was obvious who were the dominant side, and they didn't play in Sky Blue. Early on Gadzhev fouled Thompson about 25-yards out, right in Maddison range. Hearts in our mouths, we were relieved to see the ball sail over the bar. The next 20 minutes snarled by, we were enduring a lot of pressure but not creating anything. It was good defending but we all knew what was coming, and it did in the form of Kyle Lafferty. Canos played him in after Willis mistakenly let the ball under his foot. 1-0 Canaries.
On the stroke of half time, Sergi Canos opened up his body well and slotted past Charles-Cook from roughly 20 yards. Reice probably could have done better but the fact was that we went into half time 2 goals down and playing poorly. Rubén Lameiras was the half time substitute, he replaced a poorly playing Kyel Reid. Bradford fans told me on his day he's one of the best wingers in the league but is very inconsistent, I'm starting to see what they mean.
5 minutes into the second half and our biggest fears were mesrly confirmed, James Maddison was played through by Jacob Murphy of all people so was 1-on-1 with Charles-Cook, the pressure must have got to his head because he stabbed it straight at Cookie. On 56 minutes we were handed a lifeline when Page whipped in the ball to Dion Kelly-Evans who was pushed to the ground by Russell Martin. In my opinion a definite sending off as he denied a clear goalscoring opportunity. No card was brandished however and Lamieras stepped up to smash past Jones making it 2-1. I heard "Istanbul" mentioned at this point. We were back in the game, or so we thought.
It's funny I should say Martin should have had to walk as only a couple of minutes later he reinstated Norwich's lead at 3-1 when he poked in Maddison's corner. We had another rare chance on the hour mark when Lamieras got played through but got it all wrong and shot wide. It was back and fourth for this 5 minute period, one side took their chances. Guess which one? Yep, with a beautiful finish against his former club, Jacob Murphy made it 4-1. It was really starting to get very embarrassing for the travelling Coventry fans.
We were unlucky to not get a consolation when Lameiras played a beauty in to Agyei from the byline, his quick fire actions could only fire on to the post from 6 yards. Sergi Canos added to his personal tally for the game when with 10 minutes remaining who with the outside of the foot made it 5-1. Murphy with the assist. I must say, at this point I was more focused on what was happening between the fans down the bottom. I'm still not sure but Norwich fans were very much enjoying he score line. But from what I could see, Godfrey scored a belter for the sixth and final goal. At this point we left as we couldn't stand it anymore. But 6-1 is how the match finished.
I'm still in shock really, we got well and truly tanked. My next game won't be for a couple of weeks, I am missing Northampton at home as well as the EFL Trophy match against West Ham u23's. This is because I'm off on holiday for a week to Cape Verde islands. Whilst there I will try and get some posts out about other football related things but obviously I can't do a match report if I didn't attend the match. There are other people who I'm sure will be doing reports for the match so I think you'll be able to cope for 2 games. When I return the next match report on 'A View From The Stands' will be our away trip to Fleetwood Town.
My Man Of The Match - For the first time ever, I'm not going to give anyone the award for man of the match. It was a shocking display, losing 6-1 like that will always leave a horrible memory in my mind so I don't think anyone deserves the award. Sorry to end in such a sour way but I hope you enjoyed this report.